A harvestable buffer, or field border, is a strip of grass that can be harvested and utilized while also providing an environmental benefit by capturing sediment, nutrients, and pesticides. These buffers can consist of either cool-season (ex. Brome) or native prairie (ex. Big Blue Stem) grass mixes.
How it works:
Eligible cropland includes
- Fields adjacent to sinkholes or fractured bedrock at the surface. These features may occur completely within the boundaries of a field.
- End rows around cropped field for access to buffers or an agreed upon route to access features completely contained within a field boundary.
- Fields adjacent to perennial or intermittent streams
- “Concentrated Flow Channels” as identified by the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department or Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Department.
A minimum buffer strip width of 30 feet with a maximum width determined by PPF based on phosphorous reductions and management needs.
- If the contracted area includes sixty-six percent or more of the field, the landowner has an option to enroll the whole field.
Spreading of manure or other forms of phosphorous will not be allowed on the enrolled acres.
Landowner is responsible for maintaining the grass cover for the contract period.